Transgender beauty queen gets okay for Miss Universe pageant

She’s a knock out. Interesting that Bill O’Reilly weighed in on her behalf. He’s funny. He was surprisingly good on a number of gay issues in the early 2000s, including marriage and our (successful) campaign against Dr. Laura – he was also quite nasty to the ex-gays – then the religious right went nuts on him and he backtracked. I’m surprised they’d let him get away with this one. Goes to show you, everyone (nearly everyone) is wooable.


Beauty queen and Vancouver resident, Jenna Talackova, was ousted from the Miss Universe Canada competition after she admitted to being born a boy. However, due to pressures from a petition, the media, and GLAAD – Miss Universe Canada has agreed to let Talackova compete in May.

Conservative commentator, Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, also spoke out in support of Talackova. “What right does Miss Universe pageant have to violate this lady’s right to be a woman…they’re basically saying that because you weren’t born a woman, you don’t have the right to be a woman…on her passport it says she’s a woman…it doesn’t sound right to me.”

Executive vice president of the competition and special counsel to Donald Trump, Michael D. Cohen, said in an e-mailed statement Monday evening that the organization, “will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”

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